The Absinthe Group (TAG), founded and managed by food-industry veteran Bill Russell-Shapiro, creates and operates unique, high-quality food and wine enterprises. TAG includes a carefully built collection of seven businesses, five of which are located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. They are overseen by TAG Vice President Eric Vreede, Executive Pastry Chef Stephanie Kimura, and Bar Director Jonny Raglin. These include Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Absinthe Private Dining, Arlequin Café and Food-To-Go, Arlequin Wine Merchant, Bellota, Boxing Room, and Comstock Saloon in North Beach.
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is one of the most romantic and popular fine-dining establishments in San Francisco, serving classic and creative upscale American-influenced French brasserie and Northern Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. The establishment also offers late night café dining Tuesday through Saturday and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Absinthe Private Dining, located adjacent to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, functions as a completely private dining room, with its own entrance, restroom, and bar. The menus at Absinthe Private Dining, created by executive chef Adam Keough and executive pastry chef Stephanie Kimura, offer classic and contemporary San Francisco brasserie fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The private dining menus reflect those in the main dining room at Absinthe, and change frequently, allowing variety and seasonal freshness. Absinthe Private Dining is available for business meetings, wedding events, cocktail receptions, birthdays, showers, wine dinners, pre- or post-performance dinners, and holiday parties. For more information, please contact Kat Womer at 415-551-1453 or by email at .
Arlequin Cafe & Food to Go is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, next to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. The menu, created by Absinthe and Arlequin Executive Chef Adam Keough, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pastry Chef Stephanie Kimura creates daily house-made pastries including seasonal scones, croissants, brioche donuts, and cookies. Patrons may enjoy their meal in the café, in the sunny community garden behind Arlequin, or in our parklet. A selection of sandwiches and side salads are prepared daily for to-go customers. Arlequin offers a large selection of bottled beers and wines by the glass are available from neighboring Arlequin Wine Merchant.
Arlequin Wine Merchant is a specialty wine store featuring an extensive selection of premium wines from around the world. Whether you are seeking a bargain for your burger, a special wine for a special meal or occasion, a quality gift, or filling your wine rack or stocking your cellar, Arlequin Wine Merchant is eager to help. We hand select every wine, so you can be assured of receiving the finest quality and best value. We put as much effort into finding great value wines under $10 as we do acquiring the hottest hard-to-find, small production California releases. Our experienced staff offers our customers an unsurpassed level of service, knowledge and personal attention. Please visit us at our store in historic Hayes Valley in San Francisco. We look forward to serving you.
Inspired by the regional cuisines and traditions of Spain, Bellota’s Executive Chef Ryan McIlwraith crafts an eclectic menu of meats grilled on a wood-fired hearth, inventive paellas, Old World stews, fresh seafood, medium-sized tapas, imported charcuterie and cheeses, as well as slow-roasted vegetable dishes.
The Spanish-focused cocktail menu from Jonny Raglin, Director of Bars at The Absinthe Group and co-creator of Comstock Saloon, features Spain’s cocktail of choice, gintonic. The all-Spanish wine list emphasizes small producers and growers, and features sherry on tap.
Located in a landmark building on the National Register of Historic Places, Bellota is part of The Absinthe Group, a collection of San Francisco restaurants and drinking establishments created by proprietor Bill Russell-Shapiro, led by operations director Eric Vreede.
With a mix of both industrial and hand-crafted design elements, the 140-seat dining room captures the surrounding urban cityscape and channels an airy, Mediterranean setting. The space invites you to relax with live music at the 30-seat full bar and lounge, host events in the private dining area, or enjoy front-row seating around the open kitchen with a custom hearth, the heart and soul of Bellota.
Boxing Room opened in June 2011 in the former 19th-century Standard Shirts Factory, located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Chef de Cuisine Athman El-Kindiy, celebrates the Cajun and Creole dishes of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, coupled with seasonal Northern California ingredients. Additionally, Boxing Room offers a seafood bar, an extensive selection of beer and wine, and a full bar with classic New Orleans cocktails such as the Hurricane and the Sazerac. Boxing Room was given a 3-star review from San Francisco magazine. Boxing Room is open daily for dinner, lunch during the week, and brunch on the weekend. Happy hour is available every weekday from 3pm to 6pm.
Comstock Saloon opened on May 20, 2010 at 155 Columbus Street in a historic saloon space dating back to 1907, when it first opened as the Andromeda Saloon. The saloon, on the bustling corner of Pacific and Columbus Avenues, is the last standing bar of the Barbary Coast – once a playground for early gold-seekers. Comstock Saloon offers patrons refined turn-of-the-century saloon fare and a menu of classic cocktails for nightly dinner and Friday lunch. The setting preserves the saloon’s historic design elements and pays tribute to San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, between Jackson Square and today’s North Beach.